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  1. The principle of equality of opportunity
  2. The FEO principle requirements
  3. Rawls and the fair equality of opportunity

The principle of Fair Equality of Opportunity (FEO) is a part of Rawls' theory of justice, detailed in his Theory of Justice (1971) . This principle emerges from Rawl's distinction of the classical liberal of ?careers open to talents' -or "formal equality of opportunity?- from a more substantive idea, the FEO principle, which requires that citizens with the same talents and willingness to use them have the same educational and economic opportunities regardless of whether they were born rich or poor. "In all parts of society there are to be roughly the same prospects of culture and achievement for those similarly motivated and endowed.? As a part of the whole Rawlsian theory of justice or as an independent principle, and as a one among others form of equal opportunity or as a really innovative and original ideal of justice, the FEO principle has been the target for a number of critics.

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